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Bulger, Flemmi Square Off in Court

July 18, 2013

Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime partner in crime Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi was only on the witness stand for 10 minutes today, but it was long enough for the tension and hostility simmering during their 18 years apart to boil over in open court.

As the jury was being dismissed for the day, Flemmi swore at Bulger as he stood up, his hands placed firmly on his hips.

"Expletive," Flemmi said.

Bulger, 83, then muttered in response prompting Flemmi, 79, to answer back: "Really?"

Flemmi was then taken away and cuffed. Flemmi is back on the stand first thing tomorrow morning.

Members of the public were lined up outside U.S. District Court in Boston at 5:30 this morning hoping to score one of the few seats available to them where Bulger's mass murder and racketeering trial has now concluded its 24th day.

During his brief appearance, Flemmi called Bulger "overbearing" and "forceful" and told the jury he was at Bulger's side "hundreds of times" as he delivered information to the FBI about the mafia and the Winter Hill Gang's associates in South Boston.

In 2003, Felmmi agreed to a sentence to life plus 30 years in prison in exchange for escaping the electric chair in Florida and Oklahoma. He also pleaded guilty to his participation in the murders of 10 people, all of whom Bulger has also been charged.


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